Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Prerequisite courses:
MUS 1101Elements of Music Theory
MUS 1102Comprehensive Musicianship I
MUS 1051Class Piano for Music Majors and Minors (or equivalent) (students must achieve grades of C or better in MUS 1101 and MUS 1051 to declare the music major)

Students must achieve grades of C or better in MUS 1101 and MUS 1051 to declare the music major.

Two courses in one language other than English, beginning at the level at which the student places
Required courses in the major:
MUS 2101Harmony
MUS 2102Comprehensive Musicianship II
MUS 2105Introduction to Ethnomusicology
MUS 2106Music History III: 20th-Century Art Traditions
MUS 3126Music History I: Antiquity through Early Baroque
MUS 3127Music History II: The Tonal Era
MUS 3139Form and Analysis
MUS 4198Senior Seminar
An approved independent project in the senior year, concurrently with registration in MUS 4198
MUS 4199Independent Research
4 credits of private performance study courses
2 credits of music ensemble courses
12 credits of music electives, at least 3 of which must be from a course numbered MUS 2662 and above. The distribution of these electives is as follows:
3 credits in history and literature from the following:
MUS 2121The Opera
MUS 2122Music in the US
MUS 3175Topics in Music History and Literature
3 credits in theory and composition from the following:
MUS 2174Introduction to Jazz Harmony
MUS 2134Composition
MUS 2661Electronic and Computer Music I
MUS 2662Electronic and Computer Music II
MUS 3174Topics in Music Theory and Composition
MUS 4184Advanced Composition
6 credits of free electives in music (because of the various options available in the B.A. program in music, students should consult with music faculty advisors at the earliest opportunity)
And/or any upper-division private performance study course

All majors are expected to attend departmental lectures, master classes, and concerts, as appropriate.

The general education curriculum of Columbian College engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that meaningfully enhance their analytical skills, that develop communication competencies, and that invite them to participate as responsible citizens, attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

Course work for the general education curriculum includes 24 credits of approved analytic courses in quantitative and scientific reasoning and in critical and creative thinking. Students engage diverse viewpoints by incorporating 3 credits of courses into that program that include global or cross-cultural perspectives and 3 credits that include local/civic engagement. Students must also demonstrate written and oral communication skills through 13 credits of approved course work.

The general education curriculum is a “living curriculum” and therefore will change from year to year. Courses added to the curriculum are generally available to students immediately after being approved; some are phased in as deemed appropriate. As such, it is essential that students consult with their professional academic advisors. The basic distribution of the curriculum follows.

Analysis—3 credits in mathematics or statistics (quantitative reasoning); 6 credits in natural and/or physical laboratory sciences (scientific reasoning); 6 credits in social sciences (quantitative, scientific, critical, or creative thinking); 6 credits in humanities (critical or creative thinking); 3 credits in art: visual, performing, critical, or historical practices (critical or creative thinking).

Perspective—3 credits that include a global or cross-cultural perspective; 3 credits that include local/civic engagement

Communication—4 credits in UW 1020 University Writing; 2 Writing in the Disciplines (WID) courses; 3 credits in oral communication. Note: UW 1020 University Writing must be taken before enrolling in the WID courses, and the WID courses must be taken in separate semesters. One of the two WID courses may double count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective course work. The oral communication course may count toward the Analysis and/or Perspective requirements, or it may be met through major requirements.

Courses taken to fulfill any of the general education requirements may also be counted toward the major. With some exceptions made for transfer students, courses fulfilling these requirements must be completed in residence at the University. A full list of approved courses is maintained by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

To receive Special Honors in music, a student must meet the requirements stated under University Regulations and maintain a 3.5 grade-point average in music courses and at least a 3.0 average overall. The student must complete the required senior independent project for at least 3 credits with a minimum grade of A–.